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Will KTM Take Another Podium in Tennessee?

Published June 27th, 2014

After three weeks of witnessing the KTM boys dominate the 450 class and the Star Racing Yamaha duo dominate the 250 class, Round four at High Point threw the series a curve ball. James Stewart finally found himself on top of the podium in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, after struggling in the early rounds of the series. Blake Baggett also swept both motos, to take home the overall win in the 250 class.

James Stewart has recently received a suspension from the FIM after failing a drug test administered on April 12th, 2014. The test was administered at Round fifteen of the Supercross series that was held at Century Link Stadium in Seattle, Washington. When Stewart was advised of the failed drug test, on June 17th, 2014, he said that the substance in question was prescribed by his doctor for a long-term condition.

The FIM stated that the Stewart’s urine sample, “had adverse analytical finding of amphetamine”. Amphetamines are drugs that stimulate the central nervous system (CNS) and are typically used to treat ADHD, narcolepsy and exogenous obesity. The drug aides in helping the user feel more awake, and more focused.  The drug also reduces appetite and the sensation of fatigue.

Stewart’s suspension does not take effect until June 30th, 2014 and he has stated that he will be competing at the Tennessee National in Blountville, Tennessee.

Red Bull/KTM’s youngster, Ken Roczen is still in the driver’s seat of the series standings, sixteen points ahead of teammate Ryan Dungey. After stealing the lead from Roczen in moto two, at Round one, to take the overall, Dungey has since finished each moto just behind Roczen. Although  many know Ryan Dungey as “Mr. Consistent”, it is evident in Duney’s riding style that he is frustrated with his inability to finish in front of his younger teammate. Heading into Tennessee Dungey will definitely be reviewing tape to figure out how to get his KTM back on the top step.

Trey Canard has had an outstanding season, so far, after returning from a shoulder injury sustained last year. When Canard return for the last few rounds of the Supercross series, he was immediately up battling for top five positions. As the racers transitioned from Supercross to Motocross, Canard found himself up front battling for podium positions and even pushing James Stewart for the lead last weekend at High Point. This has been said, time and time again, but, if Trey can stay healthy for the remainder of the season, he will surely be in the running for the championship. He is currently sitting in fourth with one hundred-fifty points, only eleven points behind James Stewart.

In the 250 class it has been Jeremy Martin who dominated the first three rounds of the series, which has given him a fairly big lead in the standings. Martin sits out front with a twenty-nine point lead over his teammate, Cooper Webb. Martin struggled at High Point last weekend, allowing his competitors to close his points lead, slightly.

Blake Baggett, managed to sweep both motos at High Point to capitalize on the struggle for the Star Racing/Yamaha boys. Baggett is the only Pro Circuit rider left in the series, with the rest unable to compete due to injury. Baggett was seemingly much faster than Martin last weekend, so it will be interesting to see who will be up front next weekend in Tennessee.

After a weekend off, the series heads to Blountville, Tennessee for Round Five of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series, on June 28th, 2014.

450 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Ken Roczen (183)

2. Ryan Dungey (167)

3. James Stewart (161)

4. Trey Canard (150)

5. Brett Metcalfe (115)

6. Josh Grant (104)

7. Weston Peick (104)

8. Malcolm Stewart (90)

9. Chad Reed (88)

10. Andrew Short (74)

250 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Jeremy Martin (177)

2. Cooper Webb (148)

3. Blake Baggett (141)

4. Christophe Pourcell (128)

5. Justin Bohle (126)

6. Jason Anderson (117)

7. Marvin Musquin (111)

8. Justin Hill (93)

9. Jessy Nelson (91)

10. Cole Seely (87)

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